FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure Terminated October 1, 2021
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL 1 begins 12:01 a.m. September 28 MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 begins 12:01 a.m. September 28
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Suspended September 14, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fire Season Ends for ODF’s Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Fire Season in Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will terminate at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  Burning of slash piles or other debris from forest operations or fuels treatment projects will not be permitted until additional precipitation is received.  Cooler fall temperatures and periodic moisture has reduced fire behavior and improved fuel conditions across the District.

“Ending Fire Season doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk of wildfire,” emphasizes Frank Jones, Wildland Fire Supervisor in Prineville. “People need to be careful if they are burning, or engaging in any other activity that could spark a fire.  This is the time to be attentive and cautious.”   

Human caused fires account for 62% (72 fires) of the fires in the Central Oregon District this year, this is 110% of the ten-year average.  Typically, there is an increase in human caused fires just before the start of Fire Season, and just after Fire Season ends.  These uncontrolled fires are often linked to careless debris burning or burning in windy conditions and abandoned campfires.   

With the termination of fire season, burning yard debris and the use of burn barrels is allowed, however these fires should be kept small, and any surrounding fuel should be cleared away to reduce potential spread.  A fire tool, such as a shovel, and water or a fire extinguisher should be available to help control the fire if needed.  Fires should not be left unattended, should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  Check with your local fire district for burning regulations in your area, including restrictions on campfires and recreational fires. Failure to follow burn permit instructions or burning on days when burning is not allowed may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work. 

·        John Day Unit—Burning yard debris and burn barrels is allowed.  No permit is required from ODF, check with your local fire department to determine if they require a permit.

·        Prineville Unit (Sisters Sub-Unit)—A burn permit from ODF or your local fire department is required for burning yard debris or using a burn barrel. 

·        The Dalles Unit—A burn permit from ODF or your local fire department is required for burning yard debris or using a burn barrel. 

When burning it is important to monitor the weather and be prepared for shifting and erratic winds which may spread fire outside the burn area.    Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities.

Fire Season in the Central Oregon District began June 1st this year, lasting 137 days.  In addition to the 72 human caused wildfires which burned 2,632 acres, there were 44 wildfires caused by lightning which burned 2,432 acres. Lightning fires were 66% of the ten-year average.  Overall, 5,063 acres were burned across Central Oregon District protected lands, 58% of the ten-year average.  Eighty-five percent of the fires were contained at less than ten acres.    

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

 Regulated-Use Closure Terminated for ODF’s Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will terminate Regulated-Use Closure at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2021.  Fire Season remains in effect.  Burning of slash piles or other debris from forest operations is not permitted at this time.  Recent precipitation, cooler temperatures, and increased humidity has significantly reduced fire behavior and ignition potential from sparks and other heat sources, however the public is reminded to be attentive to activities which could start a wildfire.  Weather can change quickly in the fall and winds can often be erratic.

Burn barrels and burning of small piles of yard debris may be allowed by permit.  Contact your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office to determine if burning is allowed or to request a permit.

Campfires, warming fires and cooking fires may be allowed with the termination of Regulated-Use Closure.  These fires should be kept small and any surrounding fuel should be cleared away to reduce potential spread.  A fire tool, such as a shovel, and water or a fire extinguisher should be available to help control the fire if needed.  Fires should not be left unattended, should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  Check with your local fire district for burning regulations in your area, including restrictions on campfires and recreational fires.

Activities such as mowing of dry grass, non-industrial chainsaw use, and cutting and grinding of metal will no longer have restrictions such as timing of activities or firewatch requirements. Fire Season restrictions banning the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition are still in effect.  MH-1 and MH-4, ODF protected lands within Hood River and Wasco counties, are in an Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1.

Failure to follow current restrictions may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work.  Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including Fire Season requirements, contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

 Dates Set for Lifting Public Restrictions and Terminating Burn Bans in Hood River and Wasco Counties

The Dalles, Ore. While fire season remains in effect, Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will terminate Regulated-Use Closure at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2021, which includes lands in Hood River and Wasco counties.  Campfires, warming fires and cooking fires will be allowed with the termination of Regulated-Use Closure.  These fires should be kept small and any surrounding fuel should be cleared away to reduce potential spread.  A fire tool, such as a shovel, and water or a fire extinguisher should be available to help control the fire if needed.  Fires should not be left unattended, should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  Activities such as mowing of dry grass, non-industrial chainsaw use, and cutting and grinding of metal will no longer have restrictions such as timing of activities or firewatch requirements.

In addition, through coordination with the Fire Defense Board Chiefs in Hood River and Wasco counties, fire managers have established specific dates to lift the burn ban in each county.  The burn ban for Hood River County will be lifted effective October 1st, with burn barrels and small debris piles allowed by permit from daylight to 11:00 a.m.  The burn ban for Wasco County, prohibiting use of burn barrels and burning of yard debris, will be lifted effective October 16, 2021.  Contact your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office to determine if burning is allowed or to request a permit.  Burning of larger slash piles or other debris from forest operations is not permitted at this time. 

Fire Season restrictions banning the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition are still in effect.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at level 1 in MH-1 and MH-4 for forest operations on ODF protected lands within Hood River and Wasco counties.

Recent precipitation, cooler temperatures, and increased humidity has significantly reduced fire behavior and ignition potential from sparks and other heat sources, however the public is reminded to be attentive to activities which could start a wildfire.  Weather can change quickly in the fall and winds can often be erratic.  Failure to follow current restrictions may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work.  Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including Fire Season requirements, contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.